Sorry for the wait.. Here’s the Part 2 Team recap of the Super 16!
Sam Houston (2-2)– Watched their games vs St. Thomas & Atascocita, the one thing you can always count on with a Ralph Barreras team is that they will play hard. The Baines twins, Garrick and Jerrick play at a break neck speed, they pushed the pace and got Sam going in transition, and they guard like it’s going out of style! Their experience will be key for this young team. ’22 Cam Amboree made some really good plays, he’s starting to learn the nuances of knowing when to score and when to make plays for others. If 6’8 John Shanu can give them a physical, rim protector, & rebound inside it will change the dynamic. A healthy ’21 Jackson Banks is the X factor.
Shadow Creek (3-1) Loaded. That’s the one word that describes this group when I watched them. They’re young and dangerous. The addition of Louisiana import ’21 Zy’Tarious Mortle gives them another athletic wing caused offensive players nightmares with his tenacious defense. ’22 Shawn Jones was his usual high flying self, finishing with acrobatic dunks, and blocked shots. He also is starting to knock down 3’s consistently. ’21 Ramon Walker is breaking out as one of the top 3 players in his class. ’21 Will Young is the guy who can get them a bucket. I was impressed with ’20 Trey Hartfield, he rebounded the ball well, and was really aggressive offensively. If they can stay together during the season, they will have a chance for a regional crown.
Sharpstown (1-2)– Athletic group who needs to find an identity. They play hard at times, but if they decided to lock in and defend they could be scary. ’21 Josh Farmer played really well showing his versatility & athleticism. Tre’von Banks opened some eyes with his play, breaking guys down and finishing over the top. Fadi Mott is a big, strong guard who scored well for them. IF they can mature and play the right way it’ll be tough for opponents to beat them.
St. Thomas (0-3)– Despite going win less, I liked what I saw from this group. They have some new pieces that they’re integrating, and once the dust settles they’ll be in the hunt in TAPPS. This team will go as far as starting PG Elijah Elliot leads them. He had some solid moments, attacked the basket really tough in the Sam Houston & Dickinson games. ’21 Johanthan Massie grew up a little bit last weekend, played good against an experienced Dickinson back court. I will continue to keep an eye on his development. ’21 Everett Marlatt will have a huge role for this group, he’s starting to buy in to the role of rebounding and making plays inside. Adding ’21 Maddox Kopp in January will help.
Summer Creek (2-1)- This might be my new favorite team. They press you from the time you get off the bus till you walk back to the locker room. ’21 Javon Jackson is certified, grade a BUCKET, & senior Dylan Miles gives them shooting and leadership. Dylan Scales also gives them leadership, and is a calming, cerebral pg who does a little bit of everything. ’21 Reyce Allen is a load inside, he’s tough, rebounds, skilled and athletic. They have enough depth and are well coached enough to win the region.
Westbury Christian (0-3)– Playing without arguably their best player, ’21 Ja’Vier Francis, they struggled a little bit. ’21 Chris Felix is taking on a bigger role, he scored the ball efficiently. He’s been playing well this fall. ’21 Braxton Berry was good inside for them, blocking some shots, scoring with his back to the basket. He’ll need to be more assertive. ’22 PG Aaron Williams is making some strides in his game, he showed is range and made solid reads in the P&R. Kehlin Farooq gives them veteran leadership and shooting. Freshman Tyler Smith had some moments where he looked really good and moments where he looked like a freshman. His development during this season will extremely important for the success of WC.
Woodlands Christian (4-2)– Tough group that was underestimated. Bakari Lastrap played like a man on a mission. He was hitting shots, attacking the rim hard, and being the vocal leader a senior PG should be! 6’8 Tucker Nooe opened some eyes with his play, showing his ability to be a pick & pop 4 man. He is a perfect compliment to EJ Jones who scored the ball well on the block. ’22’s Austin Benigni & Chanse Perkins do little things that make this team successful. Their growth will be something to keep an eye on during the season.
Yates (2-1)– Watching them last Friday night, I was allll in on them being the #1 team in the city. The addition of ’21 bigs Allen Udemadu & Chuks Isitua make them “tooootaally different”. They are ELITE rim protectors & good rebounders. They made it tough for teams to score in the paint. Rubin Jones looked healthy and has that extra bounce in his step. Back court mate Antwon Norman was played at his usual “mash the gas” pace, he really is the engine to this team. When Gerald Doakes comes back, I’m not sure they’ll lose a game. It’s state title or bust for coach Greg Wise’s crew!